Archive for month: April, 2013

ShareCamp 2013 – Recap and session slides

15 Apr 2013
April 15, 2013

ShareCamp 2013 took place at Microsoft’s office here in Munich last weekend (4/12/2013-4/14/2013) and it was a BLAST.


Sharecamp 2013 – before it began. Picture taken by Michael Greth



Saturday, 9:00am.


200 SharePointers voting for sessions

What I totally like was the open but still professional style of the barcamp – every attendee was allowed to suggest one or more presentation topic. After receiving more than 5 votes from the 200 attendees you got a session slot assigned (room and time). Meeting friends, colleagues, 5 MVPs (Michael Greth, Christian Glessner, Niki Borell, Daniel Wessels and Fabian Moritz) and other experts (from Microsoft, too) was really cool and I learned a lot, again!

No promotion in my company was needed, more than 10 colleagues attended  – Sebastian Huppmann gave a nice presentation on Saturday about Twitter’s Streaming API – and it was the first year that Alegri sponsored the event.

Session: “Search Architecture” by Rainer Asbach, Microsoft

Every time Rainer Asbach is speaking I try to attend. Very, very profound search-expertise – I attended 2 years ago – now again and it was very interesting again!

Key take aways:

  • Search Index is now smaller, FIXML of FAST not stored anymore. Index should be noticeable smaller than with FAST for SharePoint 2010.
  • Better understanding how search is scaled and how to utilize critical services – great video how the crawler/query component hits CPU/RAM and how that affects DB/Webfrontends/Index/Analytics etc.

Rainer Asbach – Search Architecture


Session: “Search-driven Apps with SharePoint 2013 – what’s possible with the new platform?”

Presented my favorite topic – Search – in front of roughly 50 people I showed what the new platform is capable of. From continuous crawling to content by search webpart I covered a lot of stuff and answered even more questions. Had fun!


Presenting at ShareCamp 2013 – I am the guy with the red shirt


Slides: available at slideshare

Session: SharePoint 2013 / Best Tools / Toolbox + automated SharePoint 2013 Installation

Again, 50 people attended my session about tools. This time I showed how to install SharePoint 2013 fully automated with PowerShell – the awesome AutoSPInstaller raised a lot of questions and kept the session very interactive. I was really surprised that only 20% of the audience knew it…

Apparently I could not show the final result, I will record a webcast for the SharePoint Toolbox and you can see the result there.

After showing how to configure the AutoSPInstaller (briefly) – I showed how to install other tools via chocolatey (8 SharePoint tools are available by now).

Then we discussed some tools but ran out of time because I talked too much! My bad. Here is the list of the tools we collected:

UlsViewer (two guys in the audience did not know this gem!)
Caml Designer (see webcast )
CKSDEV (webcast, new version for 2012 available)
Sharepoint Manager (2007 / 2010 / 2013)
Health check rules (new one for me, will check it out!)
Blob Cache Manager (SP2010 and SP2013)
SP2010 Batch Edit (want to batch edit list entries with managed Metadata in SP2010? This is a solution…)
SPWakeUp (a handy solution for the sleepy SharePoint)
Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (new for me, sounds great!)
Dynamic Forms for SharePoint (adjustable forms for SharePoint to save data to a list with rules and styles)
SPSin (inject JavaScript and CSS into selected SharePoint pages)

Slides: available at slideshare

Final notes

Thanks everyone for organizing this great, great event – I will attend next year, promised. Hopefully no relocation next year so I can attend both days and can join more sessions and discussions.



FAST for SharePoint 2010 – Cumulative Update August 2012

05 Apr 2013
April 5, 2013

The Cumulative Update August 2012 for FAST Search Server for SharePoint 2010 is out for a while now – seems like nobody has tried this one yet. Or quality control has happened…

Updating FAST Search

When you install a service pack or a cumulative update for FAST you have to run the setup and then you have to start a FAST powershell and start “psconfig –action p” – otherwise your search won’t work because SAM Worker process is dead.

Cumulative Update August 2012

So what happens when you install the update? The installation went fine – I rebooted my server and then, as usually, I started the powershell to start the patch command! BAM!


Epic quality check fail!



At least the fix for this problem is quite simple – and the powershell error is really helpful this time.

Open the file “<FASTInstall>\installer\scripts\include\commontasks.ps1” and go to line 169. Replace $script:$HOST_CONFIG_HOST_NAME with $script:HOST_CONFIG_HOST_NAME. Save the file and then start the patch again with “psconfig –action p” in the installer\scripts folder. After patching check with nctrl status if the SAM Worker is alive again.


Easy fix – just remove the $

Still, unbelievable.

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